Ekky Imanjaya - Post-Graduate Student, AMA
As a lecturer in film studies in Jakarta, Ekky Imanjaya realised that while ordinary audiences loved Indonesian “B” movies, they were neglected academically. For his PhD at UEA Ekky decided to open the films up for wider discussion, by organising a series of lectures, screenings, debates and panel discussions involving filmmakers, producers, film critics, and cinema managers in the Kineforum cinema, Jakarta. Students and local press contributed to the discussion. Ekky co-organised the London Indonesian Film Screenings in 2013 (planned again for October 2015 - see here for details) and engages with Twitter users with virtual lectures as well as a blog in a continued effort to involve Indonesian film enthusiasts, policy-makers and global scholars alike.
Public Discussion on “Integrated Box Office System”:
Until recently, it has been very difficult to get access to box office information in Indonesia. The only public access site is FilmIndonesia.or.id. The site only shows the number of spectators for domestic films (not the gross, as applied in many countries), and no data at all on imported films, particularly Hollywood Films. This is very important issue, because the data can be very useful for researchers/students/journalist/policy makers and for the prospective (foreign) investors.
Luckily, there is good progress in the past few weeks where many related institutions (including Ministry of Education and Culture’s Film Development Center, Indonesian Film Board and Indonesian Agency of Creative Economy) are trying to make an integrated real-time basis box office system, as part of the revision of Film Law 2009 and the establishment of new ministerial decrees. But, again, so far there is no indication to open a public access related to gross report as well as data of imported films.
With a colleague, Ekky wrote a popular article in the biggest newspaper in Indonesia, Kompas (18 June), highlighting the two points. And on June 28 Ekky was interviewed at RAPID/Radio PPI UK (an online radio run by Indonesian Student Association in the UK), 8-10pm, and the broadcast received very positive responses.
WATCH THIS SPACE...
Ekky has co-organized an event in Bristol (film screenings and conference, 2016 ), and in London (2017) with Toby Reynolds, another Bristol-based PhD student from UEA:
Scalarama Asian Cult Cinema Double Bill: Indonesia's Lady Terminator and The Philippines' The Killing of Satan (in 35mm!) , Cube Microplex, Bristol, Saturday 10 September, 19.00.
And a discussion session with Mondo Macabro's Pete Tombs
and for background here is an interview with the main star, Barbara Anne Constable at the journal that Ekky guest-edited.
Prof. Henry Jenkins (see info below) visited UEA as plenary speaker at THE FAN STUDIES NETWORK CONFERENCE 2016, 25-26th June 2016.
London Indonesian Film Screenings, 2-4 October 2015- five days of films which have come out of Indonesia in recent years - supported by the Centre for South East Asian Studies and Centre for Film Studies at SOAS.
Workshop on Indonesian Cinema, 3 October 2015 - Ekky Imanjaya and Ben Murtagh
Co-organised and chaired a public discussion with Prof. Henry Jenkins - Jakarta Art Institute, 5 August 2015
Prof. Henry Jenkins(University of Southern California) is a prominent media scholar who coined the term Aca/Fan and considered as "the godfather" of Fandom, Convergence Culture, Participatory Culture, and New Media Education.
Media links here:
Screenings at Kineforum, Jakarta - June 14, 2014
Indonesian Cult Cinema Era Discussion at Kineforum - review by Binus University International film program
Sensational B Movies of the New Order back on screen, Jakarta Post June 14 2014